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Emotional Resilience During Uncertain Times

About the event

Our webinar in partnership with The LightHouse Arabia shared strategies that can help our community adapt to changes.

The expert from LightHouse Arabia offered tips and advice on facing challenges and remaining resilient during uncertain times. Dr Afridi explained emotional agility and mental toughness; as well as explore healthy ways to keep positive.


Topics included:

  • How to gain an understanding of the concepts of resilience and emotional agility
  • Ways to keep a positive mindset while being in social isolation and quarantine
  • Evidence-based techniques that help develop resilience to tough times

Event details


Online. Upon registration, you will receive details on how to join the webinar.


12:00pm - 1:00pm, 15 Sep 2021





As a clinical psychologist for the past 13 years, Dr Saliha Afridi has spent 12 years working in the UAE and founded The Lighthouse Arabia in 2011, a community mental health and wellness clinic providing quality psychological and psychiatric care to children, adults, couples and families. Clinical psychology was not always the career path in which Dr Afridi first set her hopes. With her caring nature, love for reading and interest in understanding cultures, Dr Afridi graduated with an Undergraduate in Cultural Anthropology and Mass Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Whilst working at her first marketing job, after graduation, she had a realisation that marketing was not the career she wanted to pursue. With that in mind, Dr Afridi decided to study psychology, a path in which her grandfather had paved the way previously as one of the first psychiatrists of South Asia, and the Middle Eastern region.

Graduating with her masters and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Arizona School of Professional Psychology, Dr Afridi presently specialises in men’s mental health, corporate wellbeing, parenting and child mental health and authentic happiness. Dr Afridi currently works solely with top performers in senior positions, such as MDs, GMs, and C-suite executives, to provide transformational counselling which allows her clients to go from good to great.

Currently sitting on the Dubai American Academy school local advisory board and on the advisory board for Carter Foundation, Dr Afridi has also worked with prominent companies and ministries such as The Executive Council, The National Program for Happiness and Well-being from the Happiness Ministry, many professional service firms and fortune 100 companies in her bid to dissolve mental health stigmatism and be at the forefront of the mental health movement within the UAE and the region. Although the UAE, specifically, has already seen much-needed reform in terms of mental health practices, Dr Afridi is hoping to further create opportunities for the residents of the country in terms of accessibility to mental health care.

As mental health conditions tend to carry shame and secrecy, Dr Afridi continues to drive forward change, challenging this perception to have it become just as ‘unloaded’ of a topic as speaking about physical illness. Dr Afridi’s vision is to make mental health practices more accessible through licensing and insurance reforms, changes within the education system to teach about mental health and emotional and mental wellbeing from a young age, taking a preventative approach to mental health rather than treatment based. Through her work with The Lighthouse Arabia as well as the community, Dr Afridi is committed to leading and being at the centre of the continued positive mental health changes to be seen in the region.

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